Bella Italia Gin Afternoon Tea, York

Bella Italia Gin Afternoon Tea, York


Who, what, why & when…

I received a voucher from my grandparents to go for a gin afternoon tea at Bella Italia for Christmas! I’m glad I booked in advance as the waiters were turning people away as there was a 35-minute wait for a table! After the afternoon tea, we went for MORE drinks at a little gin bar no one seems to know about on the outskirts of the city centre.


This tier was LUSH. When the stand was given to us, we noticed our panna cotta was missing…which I wasn’t too fussed about as I don’t really like coconut, even though I am partial to a Malibu, but hats off to our waiter who noticed it was missing before we even told him! The tiramisu was amazing which was surprising considering I’m not really a coffee lover, we love a good cup of tea. Now, it’s a toss-up between the brownie and cheesecake as to which one was our ultimate fave sweet. The brownie came with multiple shards of honeycomb and Malteser-y balls so I was already in love with that BUT the cheesecake wasn’t sickly sweet like we were expecting it to be…hmm. I still don’t know! It’ll have to be a draw.


Again, the scones were delish…however, we did have a debate about the cream and jam situation. We agreed to disagree…but it’s obviously cream first…! The scones were still warm which was brilliant as we did take our time with the bottom tier. One thing I nitpicked was a fresh plate for the scones as we used the same plate throughout and the pizza tier had left some crumbs but that’s just me being difficult. The cream was good and melted a tad with the warm scone. We loved this tier too!


We were a bit confused about the pizza situation as the menu looked like it suggested you got to choose two pizzas for your bottom tier, but you only got one pizza. I say only – the serving was HUGE. We both got two massive slices of pizza each and it was delish. I love a good pizza, especially Bella’s. We opted for the Parma pizza and we weren’t disappointed – however, the rocket dose could have been reduced, I’m not a massive fan of peppery things.


THE IMPORTANT PART. We asked for our gin with lemonade as we aren’t massive tonic fans. Did you know tonic is the part of the G&T that makes you think you don’t like gin? We were mindblown when a lady in our local pub told us that little fact! The gin was lush BUT it wasn’t served in a teapot, waah. I don’t know why as there was another couple having the same afternoon tea as us who had a teapot. That was the only disappointing factor.

The cost of this afternoon tea is £29.99 and to be honest, it’s worth it. I recommend booking and rocking up a little earlier than your table booking – especially if it’s booked for mid-afternoon. We thought they were going to say to us about the 35-minute wait, which we wouldn’t have minded but I let the place know in advance that I had a voucher and what I wanted to order so they could just sit us in a corner and not worry about us! If you fancy reading more of my foodie adventures, make sure to keep your eyes peeled!

Niamh x



  1. 25/02/2020 / 17:09

    I’ve been to a few different afternoon teas before but this one sounds amazing cause i love gin!!

  2. 12/03/2020 / 15:14

    Although I’m not an alcohol drinker, I’d definitely like to try this anyway! I love afternoon tea – I’m actually going for one on Saturday and this has made me even more excited.

  3. Sounds so lovely! We’re actually planning to visit York on our next trip “across the pond,” so this is super timely for me! I could use a good gin… xx

  4. 13/03/2020 / 04:37

    I love afternoon teas! And what a nice gift. 🙂 loved this post, thanks for sharing!

  5. 20/03/2020 / 14:42

    Afternoon Teas are the best! I’ve never had one with pizza (only sandwiches), but now I feel that I need to try this, pizza is a much better option! That chocolate brownie sounded amazing too, that’s always my fave sweet treat. Thanks for sharing your experience and glad you both had a lovely time! <3 xx

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  6. 28/03/2020 / 03:41

    This sounds like my idea of a great afternoon ‘tea’.

  7. 02/06/2020 / 11:38

    This looks amazing!! Need to try this after lockdown

    • Niamh Darby
      02/06/2020 / 11:39

      We loved it! It’s a bit of us and my grandparents did good getting us the voucher for Christmas! Was a lush date day! X

    • Niamh Darby
      08/06/2020 / 20:32

      It was brill! Definitely going back when we are allowed!

  8. 05/06/2020 / 12:59

    This sounds delicious and a lovely day out. I enjoy going for afternoon tea and I really love York – it’s a special place for me. Love post.

  9. 30/06/2020 / 14:04

    Lovely post, I’m loving all the York date recommendations on your blog haha, I’m excited for when things start to open over the next few months now! I’m glad you enjoyed your day out, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Niamh Darby
      30/06/2020 / 14:06

      Thank YOU for reading! I’ve lived in York for just under 15 years and I still haven’t been everywhere – expect more recommendations, ha! X

  10. 31/10/2020 / 14:57

    England is on my list, and adding a great Italian meal to it would be super. Thanks for the post.

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